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Film examines child support and African-American fathers

Some Colorado fathers who have fallen behind in child support payments may be dealing with a combination of factors that includes little or no income and a lack of knowledge about how to navigate the child support system. In a documentary film about child support and African-American fathers, Rel Dowdell examines how they are disproportionately affected by problems in the system.

Joint legal custody can work for parents and adults

When divorced parents are willing to communicate and work together for the sake of their child, joint legal custody can be an effective arrangement. Even when parents in Colorado or any other state don't think that they can work together, such an arrangement may give them the motivation to try to do so. Although there is no trail for divorced parents to take when raising their children, this task can be difficult even when the parents stay married.

Setting visitation schedules that work

When parents create a visitation schedule, it should be one that works for both parents as well as the child. Alternating weekends are an option and work for many parents. In this arrangement, children will live with the custodial parent and spend alternating weekends with the non-custodial parent. Most visits begin on Friday evenings and end on Sunday evenings. This is an option that works well for parents who are newly separated and who are trying to adjust to spending time away from their kids.

How gray divorce impacts finances

For spouses age 50 or older, a divorce can represent a major life change. In some cases, a newly divorced person in Colorado could be responsible for their own finances for the first time. The financial decisions that they make can have a big impact on their future. In a UBS Global Wealth Management survey of divorced and widowed women, 59 percent of respondents said that they regretted not making such decisions when they were married.

Divorce process often includes formal mediation

When a Colorado couple decides to end a marriage, the estranged spouses often disagree on various aspects of property division and child custody. Instead of both parties battling in court where a judge will make arbitrary decisions, people have the option of mediation. They can seek this service out voluntarily, but courts often order it to prevent divorce disputes from overburdening the court schedules.

Protecting children from custodial interference

Custodial interference can be a serious concern for separated or divorced parents in Colorado. The thought of losing access to one's children due to an ongoing custody or other dispute with a former partner can be emotionally devastating. Of course, the impact on a child's psychological health and well-being can be even greater. When one parent prevents the other one from having time with the child, this could be considered custodial interference, a systematic attempt to undermine and block the custodial relationship of the child with the other parent.

Follow all the rules when dividing a 401(k)

When Colorado couples begin the process of divorce, it can become clear just how financially entangled the pair has become throughout their marriage. This is especially true for lengthy marriages or those in which the couple has accumulated significant assets. In many cases, the single largest asset that is part of the marital property of the couple is their retirement fund. Both partners are often depending on those accounts for their future financial health and stability, so dealing with the potential of dividing them can be a fraught emotional issue as well as a financial one.

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